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About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist having helped over 3000 dog owners over sixteen years (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site:

A Behaviourist? What should that word really mean?

A ‘Behaviourist’ is about much more than letters gained through college. Some things can’t be learnt at university alone. Wikipedia vaguely says: ‘A dog behaviourist is a person who works in modifying or changing behaviour in dogs. They can be … Continue reading

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You and Your Dog’s Uniqueness. (A word in the ear of first Time Dog Owners)

Your uniqueness. In choosing your canine friend, your first dog, I hope you did your research well or chose a responsible rescue. Wherever your new friend came from, whatever his or her start in life, she’s yours now. She’s living … Continue reading

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“Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?”

I’ve just spoken to a lady on the phone who had asked a trainer, “Are you a Cesar Millan or a Victoria Stilwell?” and it got me thinking. These two polarise people’s perceptions with the dark side still holding their … Continue reading

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Mental Health and Wellbeing is for dogs too.

In these days of lockdown, we constantly hear about how the mental health of us humans can be affected. Have you thought how many of our dogs live their lives all the time? Eight-week-old puppies deprived company, many older dogs … Continue reading

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Scared of the Car. Will he ‘just get used to it?’. Maybe. Maybe not.

YOUR PUPPY (OR DOG) IS SCARED IN THE CAR This could be due to motion sickness, to fear or to both. If the dog feels ill each time he travels, then that is enough to make him fearful of getting … Continue reading

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How do we ‘Socialise’ our puppies whilst either in lock-down or social distancing?

Could we perhaps, by looking at things a bit differently, turn this situation into an advantage? Two words: Habituate and Socialise Habituate means ‘make or become accustomed or used to something’. Socialise means ‘mixing sociably with others’. They both take … Continue reading

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TV – Do our dogs love it or do they endure it?

To take this photograph I have been searching for a football match on TV – a first! Many of the people I visit have their TVs on all the time, whether or not they are watching anything.  They leave television … Continue reading

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Stress causes dogs to go grey too.

In most of today’s papers (23rd January, 2020): Stress speeds up hair greying process (in humans), science confirms. Fight-or-flight response nerves pump out hormone that wipes out pigmentation cells. So it is with dogs Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in … Continue reading

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‘Me Too’ for Dogs?

I was lying on the sofa, just thinking, observing my own dogs doing their own thing. They have their casual hello code. They may politely acknowledge a dog they happen to approach or to pass by. Humans however regularly break … Continue reading

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Shameless anthropomorphism – and why not?

Well, the only reason I can see for avoiding anthropomorphism is it’s impossible to spell. Wikipedia says: Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. For me, in my dog behaviour work, I am teaching dog owners who mostly … Continue reading

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